Gastorp Bridge

Motala, Töreboda

Built: 1838 or earlier
Technical facts: This rolling bridge was moved to Gastorp from Rotkilen at the end of the 1980s. The bridge was built at Motala Verkstad and is one of the oldest on the western section of the canal.

The culvert

A number of rivers and streams were crossed when building the Göta Canal. Some of these were rerouted, but many were laid in stone culverts under the canal. Here at Gastorp bridge, a stream known as Gastorpsbäcken passes under the canal. The reason why the canal builders chose to lead the water under the canal instead of away from it was to preserve the farmers' water supply. Also, water must not be led into the canal unless it is under control.